Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, February 19, 1856

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, February 19, 1856
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Date:1856-02-19

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to Augustus Henry Seward, February 19, 1856

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sender: Frances Seward
Birth: 1805-09-24  Death: 1865-06-21

location: Washington D.C., US

receiver: Augustus Seward
Birth: 1826-10-01  Death: 1876-09-11

location: Key West, FL

transcription: bpt 

revision: ska 2019-11-11

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Washington Feb 20 t 19t
Tuesday –
My dear Son,
Yesterday morning the telegraph
brought us the intelligence of
Uncle Worden
Birth: 1797-03-06 Death: 1856-02-16
’s death – he died Saturday night
at eleven oclock – I believe when I wrote
last Father
Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
had gone to Canandaigua
he found Uncle Worden living and some-
times conscious of what was passing – he
knew father & Fred
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
who went with him
They stayed at the hotel where Frances
Birth: 1826-12-12 Death: 1909-08-24

and Henry
Birth: 1822-02-03 Death: 1888-11-24
were still boarding – remaining
one day, and seeing no prospect of
an immediate change they returned to
Auburn Monday – where they staid
until Wednesday – hearing there was
no change in Uncle’s condition they
came in to Albany Wednesday –
Father went to Troy where he remained
until Monday and then set out on
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his return from to Washington – At New
York
he met a Telegraph saying Uncle
Worden was dead – he immediately
returned to Canandaigua where he is
at present – We have not yet had
time to hear from Canandaigua by
letter – Father writes that all was
well at Auburn – he stayed at our house –
and took his meals with Aunt Clara
Birth: 1793-05-01 Death: 1862-09-05

Old Watch
 Death: 1856-04-29
was very glad to see him –
I feel sorry not to have seen
Uncle Worden once more but the
time and place of meeting again
seems much nearer to me than
it once did – Clarence
Birth: 1828-10-07 Death: 1897-07-24
’s family
x Birth: 1852-02-26  Death: 1927-04-04  Birth: 1828-05-22  Death: 1906-12-09 
, Anna
Birth: 1836-03-29 Death: 1919-05-02

and Frances Seward
Birth: 1836-02-16 Death: 1910-02-06
are still here –
Clarence has been here three times
Caroline is looking for him this
week to take them home – Anna
thinks some of going with them –
The gay season is over, and now
we at least will not be expected
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to renew it after Lent is over –
I will keep this letter until I hear
something from Canandaigua –
Wednesday night – I have letters to
night from Aunt Clara, Aunty
Birth: 1803-11-01 Death: 1875-10-03
and
Fred – Father returned to Albany
Fred & he left there for Canandaigua
at 11 oclock Monday night – Aunty writes
that Uncle died without a struggle
“All day yesterday” she says, “I sat by his
bedside with his hand clasped in mine —
– Often when I put my face near his to know
what he said ,, he made signs that I
should kiss him, and I could not but
think that the glimpses he had of a
better world had removed the mists that
hung over him while in this – Now his
face has lost that unhappy troubled express-
-ion, and a beautiful serenity has taken
the place of it, convincing me that before
the soul left its earthly lafern habitation
it had glimpses of a heavenly one – He
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knows now how much and how faithfully
I tried to please him though I failed to
succeed" — Aunty does not say when
the funeral is to be – she was expecting
Father the next day – and was to send
for Aunt Clara – When Aunt Clara
wrote she had not heard of Uncle
Wordens death – I see considerable
in the papers of the Indian troubles
in Florida – I hope they are not near
you – There seems to be hope for
the poor savages but utter extermination
Do they without provocation commence
this warfare with the white man? –
Every thing goes on pretty quietly in
congress since the election of Mr Banks
Birth: 1816-01-30 Death: 1894-09-01
.
The K.N. are now in Convention at
Philadelphia – do not agree upon a plat-
form – The Republican Convention at
Pittsburgh sits the 22d – Clarence who
came to night says George Grier
Birth: 1802-09-27 Death: 1878-12-20
has
gone, a delegate from Orange County
I presume from the accounts from the South
that you must have felt something of this
cold winter which exceeds any thing ever
known before in this latitude – God bless
you – Mother –
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Lieut or Capt. Woodhull
Birth: 1813-04-02 Death: 1863-02-19
has become an heir
to a large part of the estate of his Uncle
Birth: 1790 Death: 1856-01-25
who
is dead – he is here – talks of resignation –
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Lieut. A. H. Seward
Assist. Coast Survey
Key West
Florida –
WASHINGTON DC
FEB 21, 1856
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